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National Project Coordinator - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/NO/2019/16
Publication date: 30 September 2019
Application deadline (midnight Addis Ababa time): 29 October 2019


Job ID: 1864 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Addis Ababa   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year 


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates* 

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s strategy on labour migration and mobility in the African region is guided by its International Labour Standards (ILS) and Decent Work Agenda, and implemented in close collaboration with the World of Work actors (Ministries of Labour and workers’ and employers’ organisations from the 54 African countries) and other relevant stakeholders. ILO’s rights-based approach takes into consideration labour market needs and covers all migrant workers irrespective of nationality and immigration status and aims to achieve fair migration and decent work outcomes for all migrant workers and refugees or other forcibly displaced persons.

ILO’s labour migration and mobility strategy in Africa is steered by the following global policy frameworks:


1. The 2017 International Labour Conference’s Resolution and Conclusions on Fair and Effective Labour Migration Governance and its follow-up Plan of Action;
2. ILO’s 2016 Guiding principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market;
3. ILO’s 2016 General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment;
4. ILO’s 2014 Fair Migration Agenda;
5. ILO’s 2006 Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration;
6. The 2004 International Labour Conference’s Resolution and Conclusions concerning a Fair Deal for Migrant Workers in a Global Economy and its follow-up Plan of Action.


The AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration (better known as the Joint Labour Migration Programme, or JLMP) in Africa is a long term joint undertaking among the four organizations in coordination with other relevant partners operating in Africa, development cooperation actors, social partners, private sector organizations and civil society representatives. It is the instrument dedicated to the implementation of the 5th Key Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development which was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments (AU/Assembly/AU/20(XXIV)/Annex 3, January 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its strategy focuses on intra-African labour migration and supports achievements of the First 2023 Ten Year Plan of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the UN. In addition, the JLMP is a critical instrument for implementing the Revised Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and Plan of Action (2018-2030) adopted by the AU Executive Council on 25-26 January 2018 in Addis Ababa.


The JLMP Priority Implementation Actions (JLMP Priority) is a three-year project implemented by the AUC in partnership with ILO and IOM and focussing on the implementation of some key components of the broader JLMP.

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This project foresees a series of coordinated and simultaneous interventions implemented across two main thematic domains: governance and operational implementation. The governance domain addresses the critical need to develop in concert the four cardinal pillars of labour migration governance: 1) laws and regulatory frameworks based on international human rights including labour rights, 2) viable and comprehensive labour migration policies developed in coherence across various sectors such as employment, migration, and education and overall development, 3) strengthening labour market institutions responsible for labour migration governance and 4) engaging stakeholders in a comprehensive and integrated “whole of government approach” involving “World of Work” actors (Ministries of labour, and employers and workers’ organizations), and other Ministries (e.g. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the civil society, and cooperation among the main employment and labour market institutions as well as diaspora associations, migration organizations and associations, academia, etc. In addition, coherent actions should be pursued at all levels of governance - the national, regional and international.


The operational implementation component covers key inter-dependent technical operational areas: decent work including social protection for migrant workers and their families with effective application of labour standards, addressing the key constraints of skills shortages and increasing recognition of qualifications, and obtaining relevant and comparable labour migration and labour market data and knowledge for governance of labour migration and protection of migrants. Each of these reflects a specific area of standards, policies and technical competences, each addresses distinct constellations of stakeholders, and each intersects with different international actors and distinct migration, employment and labour market institutions.


Organizational setting


This position is located in the Labour Migration Branch work unit within the Addis Ababa Country Office CO). This work unit is in charge of the implementation of the JLMP Priority Implementation Actions (JLMP Priority), a three-year project implemented by the AUC in partnership with ILO and IOM and focussing on the implementation of some key components of the Joint Labour Migration Programme. This project foresees a series of coordinated and simultaneous interventions implemented across two main thematic domains: governance and operational implementation.


Reporting line:


Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the CO-Addis Ababa,  the National Project Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager based in Addis Ababa and will receive technical guidance, support and collaboration from the Project Technical Officer based in Abidjan. The National Project Coordinator (NPC) will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the JLMP Priority project.
The position works under the supervision of the Project Manager. Day-to-day activities and actions require minimum supervision. Detailed instructions and guidance are provided for special assignments or the handling of unusual or complex matters.

Working relationship


Internal contacts are with staff and managers in the Labour Migration Branch work unit within the Addis Ababa Country Office (CO), the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF), field offices, project locations and headquarters to build and maintain effective working relationships, exchange information on issues related to service delivery, to analyse information and to follow up on outstanding clearance and pending administrative matters.
External contacts are primarily with the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities, IOM and other international organizations to exchange information and obtain assistance to ensure successful implementation.

Description of Duties


  • Support the implementation, evaluation and/or coordination of activities of the Project by reviewing, monitoring, verifying and analysing work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness.
  • Analyse data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for activity design, management, problem identification and problem resolution. Follow-up on activities, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements.
  • Liaise with relevant departments at executing agencies, government offices, constituents, the African Union Commission, ILO headquarters and regional office, and other organizations such as the IOM and the ECA to ensure the smooth implementation of activities, meet targets and solve problems.
  • Contribute to project reports and revisions, request for extension and justification and status of programme/project activities as required by the donor and the ILO.
  • Support the preparation of  budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring resource requirements and expenditure patterns, and making recommendations to management for remedial action as necessary.
  • Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely provision of technical inputs, effective backstopping, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.
  • Ensure the timely delivery of reports.
  • Establish and develop information systems covering ILO technical activities under the project and economic and social issues of relevance to the project, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of programme planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programmes.
  • Draft/provide inputs to ToRs, contracts, training materials, technical reports and other project documents. Backstop studies and research activities of the project, as required.
  • Actively contribute to the planning, organization and delivery of seminars, workshops, training and meetings.
  • Contribute to communication, information and knowledge management of activities under the project. Establish and maintain databases and knowledge management platforms.
  • Contribute to fundraAising initiatives of the project
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the CTA.
Required qualifications

First level  university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in economics, social sciences, migration studies or a field relevant to the job.


At least two years of professional experience in project management and implementation with a focus on migration at the national level.


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of Amharic. Working knowledge of French is an asset.



In addition to the ILO core competencies [Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation, Collaboration], this position requires:


  • Good knowledge of programming and budgeting, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices with specific skills in the area of labour migration.
  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.
  • Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
  • In-depth understanding of the labour and human rights based approaches and how they apply to migration issues.
  • Excellent drafting skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English.
  • Excellent analytical skills. Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and ability to negotiate.
  • Good organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative as well as a team leader.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to supervise staff.
  • Good knowledge of principles and concepts related to labour migration.
  • Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor and spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for designing and assessing quality and efficiency of process execution.
  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • A high degree of discretion with sense of responsibility in dealing with confidential matters.
  • Interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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